ACC's Food Pantry Barrel

Arlington Community Church is joining with the Contra Costa Solano County Food Bank to fill a food barrel over the next month.

 1 in 8 people in the two counties - about 180,000 individuals - turn to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano each month. St. Mary’s University did a study.

 They found 92% have a household income of less than $35,000 a year and it takes $76,500 for a family of four to make ends meet in California. 64% of households have seniors, children or both. Even more staggering, 29% rely on the Food Bank for at least half of their food.

 The study also revealed that the majority of participants eat healthier since receiving food assistance from the Food Bank and its partner agencies. 71% of respondents said they eat more balanced meals. 75% of respondents said they eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

 The need is particularly great for protein items such as canned tuna or peanut butter. ACC has had Protein Sundays for several years. Right now please bring those items and other packaged food goods (with current expiration dates) and help us fill the barrel.

 Cash contributions can also be made and the Lesher Fund is currently matching all gifts to the Food Bank.

Rev. Nate Klug's Installation June 30, 2019

Rev. Nate Klug's Installation June 30, 2019

A special weekend at Arlington Community Church. What ended with the Installation of Rev. Nate, a sanctuary full of old and new friends, a laying on of hands, and a fantastic reception in the Social Hall...began much earlier with some planning, creativity, and hard work!

Many thanks to everyone involved in creating a special weekend, one that we won't soon forget.

Summer 2019 Improvements to Our Church

Summer 2019 Improvements to Our Church

Two summer construction projects are scheduled to enhance our church building and exterior. Read more below, and keep us in prayer during this time of transition!

 

 Roof Replacement Project

 The twenty-three-year-old roof over the Sanctuary and Office area will be replaced, due to wind and rain damage. This project emerged as an urgent need after the winter. The replacement will commence July 8, and last approximately 6 weeks

 Concrete Project 

 Following the roof replacement project, our concrete project will start on August 19. The project will consist of replacing the retaining wall at the north end of the church, and the stairs from the patio down to the east end of the Kensington Nursery School walkway, as well and the patio itself and the wooden deck leading to it from the church Social Hall. This project is expected to last 4-6 weeks.

General Synod 2019

General Synod 2019

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Friends,

I spent June 21 – June 25 at General Synod in Milwaukee, which was five full days of Synod experience! I think I could do the walk from the Hyatt Regency hotel room to the convention center in my sleep, and I bet Zoe could, too (well, she still scoots).

If you haven’t heard about General Synod before, it’s the bi-annual national gathering of the United Church of Christ. I’d heard lots about it from friends, but this was my first time attending.

Synod is a combination of worship and guest speakers, plenary sessions in which resolutions are voted on, workshops, and wandering through exhibit hall booths. Throughout it all is the opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones.

Speaking of, I had a brief but meaningful chat with Rev. Tony Clark, who is now Minister for the Committee on Ministry Development and Leadership, part of the “Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization” team, at the national setting of the UCC in Cleveland. Tony was busy working in the Exhibit Hall for much of the conference. He sends on his greetings and best wishes to us all!

Resolutions that spoke to my heart and educated me included: a Witness resolution against private prisons, a Witness resolution about the use of Styrofoam, and a Prudential resolution about figuring out the basic unit of life in the UCC into the 21st century (is it always, or even often, a church?). I was also inspired that we voted to become the first denomination to endorse the Green New Deal. And there was a great off-site event called Pub Theology Story Telling, based on The Moth!

Attending Synod helped me remember what is true about every single UCC church: not everyone agrees with one another, but we find a way to co-exist in love and good humor. There were many difficult moments of debate during the plenary sessions (I’m happy to share more if you’re curious!), but the overall tone was one of urgent love in this important moment.

I’m grateful to ACC for funding my Synod registration fee. And now, I’m super glad to be back home! We have lots to look forward to this weekend.

Rev. Nate

Improvements to Our Church

Improvements to Our Church

 Two summer construction projects are scheduled to enhance our church building and exterior. Read more below, and keep us in prayer during this time of transition!

 

 Roof Replacement Project

 The twenty-three-year-old roof over the Sanctuary and Office area will be replaced, due to wind and rain damage. This project emerged as an urgent need after the winter. The replacement will commence July 8, and last approximately 6 weeks. 

 Concrete Project

 Following the roof replacement project, our concrete project will start on August 19. The project will consist of replacing the retaining wall at the north end of the church, and the stairs from the patio down to the east end of the Kensington Nursery School walkway, as well and the patio itself and the wooden deck leading to it from the church Social Hall. This project is expected to last 4-6 weeks.

 

If you have specific questions about either project, please talk to Randy Laferte or David Hertzer.